Today I am reflecting on the power of presence. As I do so I am reminded of a passage of scripture found in Luke 8:40-56 in which Jesus is seen walking in a crowd on his way to Jairus’ house in response to his request to heal his only daughter. While Jesus is walking to Jairus’ house to heal his daughter a woman presses through the crowd to touch his garment. Jesus instantly knows power has been released from him because of someone’s touch of faith. He asks “who touched me?” After declaring the woman whole, Jesus then proceeds to Jairus’ house despite the fact that men have come and told them the daughter is dead. Jesus goes to the house and raises the daughter to life. What a awesome picture of the power of presence!
These encounters reveal that Jesus was present with people on at least three levels during his earthly ministry: physically-he was in the crowd; spiritually-he felt the power released from him; and emotionally-he recognized Jairus’ pain at the news of his daughter’s death.
I am convinced that the helpless, hopeless, and hurting in our communities today need men and women of God to be present in these ways in their lives. If we are to be used by God to transform lives and change our world, we must know, understand, and utilize the power of presence. Decide today to move forward utilizing the power of presence.
There are broken people waiting on us to show up so God can use us to change their lives!
Let’s be present!